Friday, April 15, 2011

The Red Cavalry Stories


Here's another view of The Red Cavalry, as seen by Isaac Babel.  He was assigned to Field Marshal Semyon Budyonny's 1st Cavalry Army in 1920, witnessing the Polish-Soviet War, from which these stories spring.  This cycle of short stories was first translated into English by John Harland in 1929,  providing one of the first accounts of the civil war.   This translation is by Peter Constantine.

Boris Pasternak offers searing portraits of life in the Red Army camps in Doctor Zhivago, but the book was published much later.

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